People across the country expressed outrage over the fact that former Marine Sergeant Hisashi Pompey was set to face three years in prison for carrying an unpermitted gun that he legally owned in the wrong state. Now, Gov. Chris Christie (R) has commuted Pompey’s prison sentence in a marked victory for Second Amendment rights.
Pompey’s saga began six years ago, when he visited New Jersey from Virginia with some friends and went to a nightclub. One of his friends snatched Pompey’s handgun as part of a confrontation, only to get arrested, and when police determined that Pompey’s gun was not licensed in New Jersey, he was arrested as well.
The decorated veteran of three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan was suddenly thrust into a legal battle that he ultimately lost after several years, consigning him to a harsh mandatory sentence of three years in prison.
However, Pompey and his wife and children are now on cloud nine thanks to Christie’s decision. “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, this isn’t April Fools, right? I don’t know how to react, I’m grateful, grateful,” an emotional Pompey said, while his wife thanked Christie for having “given us our life back.”
While the move does not mean that the arrest will be expunged from Pompey’s record, it does mean that he will not be forced to leave his young family for 36 months over a crime and sentencing guideline that many gunowners have found to be unnecessarily harsh and burdensome.
Pompey joins the likes of Pennsylvania mother Shaneen Allen and USMC vet Joshua Velez, both of whom were arrested in 2015 for bringing firearms licensed in other states in New Jersey but were subsequently pardoned by Christie.